The Last Fay
THE LAST FAY
by Honoré de Balzac
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Mike Hoffman
The Pearl Fay is suspended in mid-air in the middle of a cloud of light as white as that of a star and as soft as daylight passed through muslin woven with designs.
An alchemist, his family and his valet, Caliban, settle in an isolated village. After their deaths, their young son, Abel, who has read only fairy tales, falls in love with a local girl, Catherine, whom he mistakes for the legendary Pearl Fairy. But the scheming Lady Sommerset, infatuated with Abel, plans to use his delusions to her advantage...
The Last Fay (1823) is one of Balzac's early works in which he tried to capitalize on the then-popular fantasy genre, and yet twist it in a new direction and use it in a novel way, more advanced in both literary and philosophical terms than the sophistications already added by generations of French writers over the past century.
La Dernière fée, ou La Nouvelle Lampe merveilleuse (1823)
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.